Picture a balmy summer evening in the park on Coronado, a delightful island connected to San Diego, California by a curving bridge. People arrive with baskets of food and bright-colored blankets and camp chairs. Leafy trees and palms offer shade as you claim your spot on the lawn. In the Promenade, the U.S. Navy band assembles to give a free concert. The first notes of the brass and woodwinds fill the air, and you are transported to a magical place.
Coronado is home to a naval base, and it’s where military families live, both during and after their service. So the band honored them by playing a medley of theme songs for each branch of the military. I’m guessing that, for some vets, the music brings back somber memories.
If you are in the San Diego area this summer, plan to take in one of these free concerts. You can check the weekly schedule here. Or find a local concert you would enjoy. You’ll find good food, vibrant music, fresh air, and fun. Best of all, you are part of a friendly community. You’ll leave smiling and refreshed.